Farm­ers’ Mar­ket ready for open­ing

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The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Sokil dsokil@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @dan­sokil on Twit­ter

LANSDALE » The 10th sea­son for the Lansdale Farm­ers’ Mar­ket kicks off Satur­day morn­ing, and mar­ket vol­un­teers and ven­dors say they’re pre­pared for their best sea­son yet.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son, the mar­ket will be lo­cated at Pen­ndale Mid­dle School in Lansdale, and 2018 will bring a hand­ful of new ven­dors, in­clud­ing the youngest one the mar­ket has ever had.

“I’ve been com­ing to the farm­ers mar­ket since I was 7 years old, and I told my mom one day that I al­ways wanted to have a busi­ness here,” said Madi­son McGill.

McGill is 12 years old, a stu­dent at New Foun­da­tions Char­ter School in Phil­a­del­phia, the daugh­ter of long­time mar­ket man­ager Charisse McGill, and start­ing Satur­day she’ll be the pro­pri­etor of Lokal Ar­ti­san Foods, a lemonade stand sell­ing $3 lemonade (dis­counted for ven­dors) in­fused with hand-se­lected herbs from fel­low mar­ket ven­dor Kim­ber­ton CSA and sev­eral oth­ers.

“We weren’t sure at first what we wanted to do, be­cause we were try­ing to fig­ure out what the farm­ers mar­ket didn’t have, and we re­al­ized a lot of peo­ple don’t have drinks, and lemonade is a re­fresh­ing drink,” said McGill.

She will be one of more than three dozen mar­ket ven­dors who will set up shop Satur­days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May 19 through Nov. 17 at Pen­ndale Mid­dle School, lo­cated at Church and Penn Streets in Lansdale. Other new ven­dors this year in­clude Em­maus based PorTch Tea, West Ch­ester-based Aunt Mamie’s Ital­ian Spe­cial­ties, and sev­eral oth­ers that mar­ket or­ga­nizer Carol Zellers said have worked their way up the mar­ket’s wait­ing list.

“We’re go­ing to have pasta, we’re go­ing to have lemonade, we have seven new ven­dors: some­body who does fer­ment­ing and in­fused vine­gars, new grow­ers — we’ve gone to the wait­ing list al­most ev­ery year,” Zellers said.

New ad­di­tions for 2018 also

DAN SOKIL — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ven­dors and vol­un­teers for the Lansdale Farm­ers Mar­ket pose at the en­trance to Pen­ndale Mid­dle School in Lansdale, where the mar­ket will be held ev­ery Satur­day from May 19 through Nov. 17.

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